If your like most people interested in building with straw bales,
you have high hopes and dreams your home. After all, it is not going to be just any old house. This is your home. The wonderful thing about straw bale is all of the unique elements that are possible within it. If you are having trouble designing your own or if you are ready to begin designing your straw bale home, perhaps you would be interested in our design services. You can save a lot of time and money by applying the necessary tools we can provide to you.
If you are in need of an alternative to standard and conventional home design, we offer a number of approaches that provide practical, functional, and aesthetically pleasing solutions to your needs. We look to the site and your lifestyle as the primary influence on the design. We specialize in straw bale design and have implemented other alternative methods such as SIPS, ICF's, adobe, and so on. Of course, we also work with conventional designs, and try to come up with some green approaches to create a more healthy and energy efficent home. We focus on orientation, passive and active solar design, natural lighting and ventilation, energy conserving awareness, and principles such as A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander. If you are looking to custom design your new straw bale home to fit the needs of your family, you, and your site, you have come to the right place. As the home designer of almost 50 straw bale homes worldwide, Chris Keefe and Organicforms Design, can help you to facilitate your dream home from start to finish.
Have you already drawn out your floor plan? Do you have a plan that you saw in a magazine or online that you really resonate with? Many of my clients have been working for years designing their dream home from magazines or on a sheet of graph paper. Some have very detailed floor plans and elevations, others have very crude pencil drawings outlining what shape they want their house to be. Anywhich way is good for me. I can take your drawings and turn them into a clear set of design documents and then into professional construction drawings ready to submit to engineering or to the building department for permitting.
Have you fell in love with a design that is stick built or conventional that you wish you could build a straw bale house with? No problem! I have many clients that have found their dream home but it's just a conventionally framed design. Some have visited conventional homes that they would like to recreate into a straw bale house. Any which way, we can take practically any home design and modify it into professionally drawn straw bale plans to suit your needs.
Design Consulting and Counseling Services
These services cover everything from advice on what to build, how to build, appropriate material selection, to drafting of schematic plans to bring clarity, direction, and an awareness to more possibilities. If you already have drawings or sketches of your home plans yet you are unsure or unclear about any issue in preparing them for construction or permitting, we can help.